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Climate change affects various sectors: NEPA

Climate change affects various sectors: NEPA

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Dec 15, 2013 - 16:35

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A fresh report from the National Environmentinfo-icon Protection Agency (NEPA) of Afghanistaninfo-icon on Sunday said climate change had drastically affected water resources, forests, pastures, agricultureinfo-icon, healthinfo-icon, energy and biological diversity in the country.

It is the first report compiled by NEPA, which is known as an active member of the UN climate change convention. The report has been finalised in two years with the cooperation of other relevant organisations and is formally submitted to the secretariat of the convention.

In a gathering on the occasion of releasing the report in Kabul, NEPA officials pointed to a severe negative impact of climate change on natural resources, social and economic growth in Afghanistan.

As a result of the assessment, water resources, forests, pastures, agriculture, health energy and biological diversity were identified as the most vulnerable sectors.

Mustafa Zahir, NEPA head, said the report was of immense importance for all stakeholders to know the intensity of challenges occurring because of climate changes and hereafter to set their future priorities.

The looming threats posed by the climate change forced government and international organizations to workout technical preparations to reduce its impact, Zahir added.

The climate change was a universal issue but caused incredibly negative affects in the country on different areas, he noted.

Worldinfo-icon community did not reach an agreement on the issue due to different political reasons, which costs poor and under developing countries such as Afghanistan,” he added.  

Referring to the report, NEPA officials said that the report was part of the requirement by the climate change convention who promised the agency had multiple programs for reducing the impact of climate change.

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